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13105
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2017
01:13 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
See page 14 https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/pu...s-handbook/c061.pdf
Edited 10-22-2017 01:13 PM
13104
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2017
01:07 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
Yes you are probably right but I believe if you did get Disability Retirement approved, at age 62 you would get that extra time, added back in your creditable service. You can ask OPM at retirement counseling. That would be the only benefit I see to you applying for DR for you.
Edited 10-22-2017 01:08 PM
13103
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10-22-2017
12:57 PM ET (US)
cheatedagain-
what is the harm in trying now? You have to prove deficiency in service. Where you absent frequently before you retired?
13102
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2017
08:48 AM ET (US)
/m13099 Snowed. Thank you. I was told by Ed on fed soup and a lawyer from LEOS I can't take drt because I qualify for regular retirement. December 6 I will have 31 years and tomorrow I'll be 61. I plan on applying for ssdi tomorrow.

I believe my annuity with ssdi will be more than drt and I wouldn't have to wait long for my income to start. I can get the ss supplement while waiting for the ssdi.

I am going to wait a bit to start the retirement process to see if my recurrence claim is approved.
13101
cheatedagainPerson was signed in when posted
10-21-2017
03:33 AM ET (US)
I have, thankfully, retired. I was nowhere near ready for it financially but I could not go on. I reached the age of 60 and had 20 years in so I took it and ran. I realize that Disability Retirement pays much better than the meager pension I am getting but Disability Retirement takes longer to get and is adversarial, and frankly I could not wait or take the fight and not knowing. I have heard (and seen on the OPM website) that it is possible to apply for Disability Retirement up to one year after separation from regular retirement. Has anyone done this, or known of anyone who did?

There is a component of the Disability Retirement application that must be filled out by management. Management must certify that you are not able to do your job and that they cannot place you in a similar job that you could do. Of course if you are working and management is anxious to get rid of you they will likely be willing to certify that you cannot be accommodated. But if you have left on your own free will as I have, what is to stop management from saying "We could have accommodated him. No problem. But he just up and left on his own accord."?

I should mention that I am still fighting a rather nasty EEO case against these same managers. One more reason for them to sabotage my efforts.

Any thoughts on this matter or my chances? Anybody have any experiences?
13100
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2017
11:43 PM ET (US)
If you retire DR and later your OWCP claim is approved, you can elect to collect that instead if it's higher.
13099
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2017
11:37 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
you could still qualify for DR but it wouldn't be for long. They would go back to your last day in pay status. If your regular annuity is higher with unreduced SSDI, you would get that. Yes you can get SSDI and pension. Apply now, you are over 60 so it should be easy to get. My husbands took 90 days. If you are FERS, SSDI is 60% of your high three the first year minus 100% of SSDI . Sometimes your regular retirement is better if you have enough years in because it is not reduced for SSDI.
Edited 10-20-2017 11:41 PM
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RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2017
01:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks VW. I was hoping to make it to full retirement, but it's not looking good. I'm waiting for a decision on my recurrence claim for the job withdrawal and have had no income since mid July. Do you have any idea if I can get ssdi while collecting my pension? I can't go for dr because I qualify for retirement. The pension and supplement are not enough to live on. I'm about to turn 61.i don't like wishing time away, but if it was 62, I'd go now. I've had enough of usps and owcp. What a nightmare.
13097
VWPerson was signed in when posted
10-20-2017
12:45 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-That is good to hear. Hopefully his report will contain all of the necessary information they need so they will leave you alone for a while.
13096
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
08:34 PM ET (US)
Sorry for all the typos
13095
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
08:31 PM ET (US)
/m13093 Hannah You may want to check with the union on that. The nalc should have someone that is experienced with owcp. If you were on limited duty they can't deny you ot, but that's a different scenario. I thought you cab't use al or sl if it puts you in ot. I did timekeeping years ago and can't remember how that works.
13094
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
08:21 PM ET (US)
/m13090 VW. I received a letter from owcp today that makes me think they're about to try that with me. I'm still working on getting medical for my appeal. I went back to the orthopedic surgeon I had ben seeing for years. He's sending me for testing and will liely be doing the narrative I need.
13093
Hannah BlectorPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
03:01 PM ET (US)
If I need to be off work 2 hours in a day, how do I avoid letting mgmt off the hook for any available overtime? Do I have to take AL or SL so that all my 8 hours are "paid hours"? Or can I take LWOP? Meaning, since I would get paid by work comp for the LWOP are those considered paid hours? Just need to make plans. Not going to let mgmt off hook for OT, but really wanted to take LWOP. Thanks.
13092
VWPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
02:48 PM ET (US)
You are very welcome
13091
Virgil canePerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
02:46 PM ET (US)
Thanks VW
13090
VWPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
02:34 PM ET (US)
Virgil- You can collect wage-loss compensation for as long as your doctor says you are disabled from working. It has been my experience that when a claimant reaches or nears retirement age, OWCP will start sending you for SECOP exams to try and get you off of their roles and into retirement or at the very least they will try and get you in vocational rehabilitation. All of this is done to reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay you.
13089
Virgil canePerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2017
02:29 PM ET (US)
 Hello My question is if you are still on worker comp,What happens when you reach retirement age. Do you still receive worker comp?
13088
devotedmomPerson was signed in when posted
10-12-2017
06:21 PM ET (US)
thanks
13087
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-11-2017
03:30 PM ET (US)
/m13085 You may want to try your union. You can look up drs that take owcp on the acs website but that doesn't mean they know what they are doing with the paperwork.
13086
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
10-11-2017
03:28 PM ET (US)
/m13084 Your retirement should not be affected. Make sure your lwop is put in as lwop/iod/owcp/049 not regular lwop. Only regular lwop affects your pension.
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